Vaxxin’ on the River Black River Landing in Lorain

LORAIN, Ohio (WJW) – The hugely popular Rockin’ on the River concert series at Black River Landing in Lorain joined the fight against COVID-19 Wednesday night.

In an effort to promote vaccination, Mercy Health teamed up with Lorain Public County Health and Rockin’ Concerts for an event called Vaxxin’ on the River.

The first 5,000 people vaccinated through the gate receive a $10 gift card and free admission, while unvaccinated attendees pay $10 and are encouraged to get the shot.

However, if unvaccinated people agree to get vaccinated, they also pay no entry fee and also receive a $10 gift card once they’ve been vaccinated. According to Mayor Jack Bradley, Mayor Lorain, the money is provided through American Rescue Act funding.

Although the mayor said 60% of Lorain is vaccinated, some parts of the community are around 30% including the southern tip.

“Actually Mercy Health had the idea, and I see that Lorain County Public Health, and Bob Earley from Rockin’ on the River are doing this, and I think this is a way to give back to those who have been vaccinated. vaccinated and wanted to get vaccinated,” Bradley said.

The performer for the concert was Lita Ford, a former member of the Runaways. Also on stage was The Michael Weber Show. Throughout the evening, concertgoers can enjoy a number of food and drink vendors, and vaccinations.


Lorain County Public Health set up a trailer and delivered the vaccine from when the gates opened at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The reaction was so great that at one point they had to leave and get another dose of the vaccine.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the concert, which was named “Best Live Music Venue on Lake Erie” by Lake Erie Living Magazine for three consecutive years.

“I just love going to concerts, it’s a great venue,” said Wendy Just, who took advantage of the free vaccine. The most convenient way to do it, and I also like the free ticket. “

Mercy Health’s chief nursing officer, Char Wray, said the aim is for people to have fun and get vaccinated in a family-friendly environment.

“The thought process was how can we celebrate everyone getting vaccinated and celebrate the return to normal in a healthy way,” Wray said.

All participants called the event a great success.

For more information about vaccine clinics in Lorain County, people can visit | Vaxxin’ on the River Black River Landing in Lorain

Huynh Nguyen

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